Tuition & Fees

$39,450

$39,450

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
4%
600-699
28%
500-599
38%
400-499
27%
300-399
3%
700-800
3%
600-699
28%
500-599
44%
400-499
22%
300-399
3%
700-800
4%
600-699
22%
500-599
37%
400-499
33%
300-399
4%
30-36
15%
24-29
52%
18-23
29%
12-17
4%
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undergraduateRatios

38%

62%

male

female

1
12

teacher

students

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Moderately Selective

75%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,737
Declined + 886
Total Received 3,623
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Private (nonprofit)

2,860

undergraduate students

331

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Business Administration
  2. Nursing
  3. Biology
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Codes

SAT 4597
ACT 4470

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Fun Facts

  • Pacific Lutheran University has been named "Recycler of the Year" twice for recycling 70% of its waste material.
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School Facts

Pacific Lutheran University, founded in 1890, is a church-affiliated, private, comprehensive university. Its 156-acre campus is located in Tacoma, Washington.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 3,191
Established in 1890
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Lutheran
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CSAB (Computing Sciences Accreditation Board)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NWCCU (Northwest Comm. on Colleges and Universities)

Tacoma, WA

156-acre, suburban campus in Tacoma (population: 203,446), 30 miles from Seattle. Served by bus and train; major airport serves Seattle/Tacoma. Public transportation serves campus.

Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98447

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
45%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
83%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
50%
Top 1/4
85%
Top 1/2
96%
Bottom 1/2
4%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
4%
600-699
28%
500-599
38%
400-499
27%
300-399
3%
700-800
3%
600-699
28%
500-599
44%
400-499
22%
300-399
3%
700-800
4%
600-699
22%
500-599
37%
400-499
33%
300-399
4%
30-36
15%
24-29
52%
18-23
29%
12-17
4%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $40
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline February 1 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

75%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,737
Declined + 886
Total Received 3,623

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Essay
Secondary school record

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Standardized test scores
Volunteer Work

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Class rank
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

David E. Gunovich
Dean of Enrollment Services
P: 800 274-6758
F: 253 536-5136
admission@plu.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $4,218,545
State $4,540,725
Institutional $36,657,175
Other external $874,495
Total $46,290,940

Non-need-based

Federal $19,425
State $41,889
Institutional $12,655,314
Other external $1,552,795
Total $14,269,423

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
crew
cross-country
football
golf
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Northwest Conference
Mascot
Lutes
School colors
black and gold
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Anthropology
Applied Physics
Art
Biology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Chinese Studies
Classical Languages
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dairy Management
Economics
Education
Education/Dual Elementary/Special Education
Education/Secondary
Elementary Education
Engineering Science
English
Environmental Studies
Finance
French
Geoscience
German
Global Studies
History
Individualized Program
Kinesiology
Marketing Research
Marriage/Family Therapy
Mathematics
Mathematics/Educational
Mathematics/Financial
Music
Musical Arts
Norwegian
Nursing
Nursing Practice
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Politics/Government
Print/Broadcast Journalism
Psychology
Religion
Scandinavian Area Studies
Secondary Education
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre
Voice
Women's/Gender Studies
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Undergraduate

90%

2,860
students

Female
62%
1,771

Male
38%
1,089

Graduate

10%

331
students

Female
66%
217

Male
34%
114

undergraduateFull-time

96%

2,774
students

Female
63%
1,729

Male
37%
1,045

undergraduatePart-time

4%

86
students

Female
49%
42

Male
51%
44

Student Break-down

4%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Hispanic/Latino
66%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
7%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

68%

Transfer applicants accepted

33%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.50
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of Some
Interview Recommended of Some
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

96

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

32

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 21
Countries most often represented China
Japan
Norway
Saudi Arabia
Taiwan
Vietnam
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
English lab
Host family program
International student center
Other
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Hiro Kuroiwa-Lewis
Associate Director of International Recruitment
253 535-8177
kuroiwalewis@plu.edu

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